"I'm still in shock," she said of the allegations against Levy. "When you go to the doctor's office, you don't think anything like that could happen."

Johnson said Levy was both warm and professional, and after visits, she liked to pray with him. She didn't know if he was religious, but he would acknowledge her sentiments.

"I would pray that he would have a good day," she said. "He had an overload of so many patients."

Another patient, Monet Cleamons, said she had just seen Levy Jan. 21, when he went over some MRI results with her. She had paged him about two weeks ago, and, not hearing back from him as she usually did, called the office. The person who answered told Cleamons that Levy was on extended leave and that she would be seen by another physician.

"I was heartbroken," she said when she learned of the allegations and Levy's subsequent death. "It was devastating. I'm still in disbelief."

When Cleamons, 22, first started seeing Levy three years ago, she had already undergone two surgeries and other treatments for endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus and can cause pain and sometimes infertility.

"I was scared, and he really showed everything that would be done," said Cleamons, a nursing assistant. Levy performed a laparoscopy on her in 2011, she said, and closely monitored her condition afterward.

"I really trusted Dr. Levy, and I felt totally comfortable with him," she said. "I would always ask him how the wife and kids were doing, and he was telling me that if I ever have a baby, I better stick with him so he could deliver it."

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.




Nikita A. Levy

Married to: Sandra Levy

Born: Jamaica, 1958

Children: 3

Education: Weill Cornell Medical College, 1984

Residence: Baltimore County

Employment: Obstetrician-gynecologist, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

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